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[movies]Supernova Explosion - NASA/A. Hobart (CXO)
This animation of a supernova explosion demonstrates what happens when a massive star explodes and creates a shell of hot gas that glows brightly in X-rays. These X-rays reveal the dynamics of the explosion.
Downloads: 2,867
[movies]Stars Spring Up Out of the Darkness - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
This artist's animation illustrates the universe's early years, from its explosive formation to its dark ages to its first stars and mini-galaxies. Scientists using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found patches of infrared light splattered across the sky that might be the collective glow of clumps of the universe's first objects. Astronomers do not know if these first objects were stars or "quasars," which are black holes voraciously consuming surrounding gas...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Sun; Where -- Milky Way Galaxy
Downloads: 439
[movies]Sunset on an Alien World - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
This artist's animation illustrates what the night sky might look like from a hypothetical alien planet in a star system with an asteroid belt 25 times as massive as the one in our own solar system. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence for such a belt around the nearby star called HD 69830, when its infrared eyes spotted dust, presumably from asteroids banging together. The telescope did not find any evidence for a planet in the system, but astronomers speculate one or more may be prese...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Sun; What -- Dawn; Where -- Milky Way Galaxy
Downloads: 353
[movies]Birth of 'Phoenix' Planets? - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
This artist's animation depicts the explosive death of a massive star, followed by the creation of a disk made up of the star's ashes. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope was able to see the warm glow of such a dusty disk using its heat-seeking infrared vision. Astronomers believe planets might form in this dead star's disk, like the mythical Phoenix rising up out of the ashes. The movie begins by showing a dying massive star called a red giant...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Phoenix; What -- Sun; What -- Constellation; What -- Cassiopeia; What -- Earth
Downloads: 352
[movies]A Distant Solar System - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
This animation portrays an artist's concept of a distant hypothetical solar system, about the same age as our own. It begins close to the star, and then moves out past a number of planets. Though "extrasolar" planets are too small to be seen with telescopes, astronomers have detected more than 100 gas giants like Jupiter via their gravitational tug on their parent stars. The view pulls back to reveal the outer fringes of the system and a ring of dusty debris that circles the star...
Keywords: What -- Jupiter; What -- Visible Light; What -- Sun; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope
Downloads: 307
[movies]Hubble-Spitzer Orion - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
This video cycles between the Hubble view, the Spitzer view, and the combined Hubble-Spitzer view of the Orion Nebula.
Keywords: What -- Orion
Downloads: 306
[movies]The Tarantula Nebula - NASA/JPL-Caltech/B. Brandl (Cornell & University of Leiden) & ESO
NASA's new Spitzer Space Telescope has captured in stunning detail the spidery filaments and newborn stars of the Tarantula Nebula, a rich star-forming region also known as 30 Doradus. In this animation the infrared structures seen by this new observatory are compared with a visible light image from the ground-based European Southern Observatory (ESO) to highlight the power of Spitzer to see what other telescopes cannot...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Visible Light; What -- ESO; What -- TRACE
Downloads: 243
[movies]Order Amidst Chaos of Star's Explosion - NASA/JPL-Caltech
This artist's animation shows the explosion of a massive star, the remains of which are named Cassiopeia A. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that the star exploded with some degree of order, preserving chunks of its onion-like layers as it blasted apart. Cassiopeia A is what is known as a supernova remnant. The original star, about 15 to 20 times more massive than our sun, died in a cataclysmic "supernova" explosion viewable from Earth about 340 years ago...
Keywords: What -- Cassiopeia; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Sun; What -- Earth; What -- Constellation; What -- Visible Light
Downloads: 204
[movies]Infrared Launch - NASA/JPL-Caltech
When Spitzer launched Monday, 25 August 2003 at 1:35:39 a.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, members of the Spitzer team were poised two miles away with an infrared camera. At that distance, the Delta II Heavy rocket carrying Spitzer was barely a speck, but in the infrared, the heat in the rocket's plume is extremely bright. This clip shows the launch of Spitzer in the infrared, including the cooling of the plume after the rocket flies out of frame...
Keywords: Where -- Florida
Downloads: 204
[movies]Orbit of Sedna - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC-Caltech)
This animation shows the location of the newly discovered planet-like object, dubbed "Sedna," in relation to the rest of the Solar System. Starting at the inner Solar System, which includes the orbits of Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars (all in yellow), the view pulls away through the asteroid belt and the orbits of the outer planets beyond (green). Pluto and the distant Kuiper Belt objects are seen next until finally Sedna comes into view...
Keywords: What -- Sedna; What -- Mercury; What -- Venus; What -- Earth; What -- Mars; What -- Pluto; What -- Sun
Downloads: 175
[movies]The Cry of Cassiopeia A - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
This animation begins with a stunning false-color picture of the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A. It is made up of images taken by three of NASA's Great Observatories, using three different wavebands of light. Infrared data from the Spitzer Space Telescope are colored red; visible data from the Hubble Space Telescope are yellow; and X-ray data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory are green and blue. Located 10,000 light-years away in the northern constellation Cassiopeia, Cassiopeia A is the remnan...
Keywords: What -- Cassiopeia; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST); What -- Constellation; What -- Earth
Downloads: 168
[movies]Band of Rubble - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
This artist's animation illustrates a massive asteroid belt in orbit around a star the same age and size as our Sun. Evidence for this possible belt was discovered by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope when it spotted warm dust around the star, presumably from asteroids smashing together. The view starts from outside the belt, where planets like the one shown here might possibly reside, then moves into to the dusty belt itself...
Keywords: What -- Sun; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Constellation; What -- Puppis; What -- Venus; What -- Mars; What -- Jupiter; What -- Advanced Communication Technology Satellite (ACTS); What -- Saturn
Downloads: 168
[movies]Triggered Star Formation - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC-Caltech)
This animation illustrates the process of triggered star formation. First, a massive star in its final death throes explodes or "goes supernova," shooting a shock wave through surrounding clouds of gas and dust. Next, the shock wave compresses the gas and dust, gravity kicks in, and finally, a new wave of stars is born. The whole progression, from the death of one star to the birth of others, takes millions of years to complete.
Downloads: 167
[movies]Fade to Red - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
This animation shows the Andromeda galaxy, first as seen in visible light by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, then as seen in infrared by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The visible-light image highlights the galaxy's population of about one trillion stars. The stars are so crammed into its core that this region blazes with bright starlight. In contrast, the false-colored Spitzer view reveals red waves of dust against a more tranquil sea of blue stars...
Keywords: What -- Andromeda; What -- Visible Light; What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Constellation; What -- Beam; What -- Earth
Downloads: 167
[movies]Fire and Ice Planet - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
This artist's animation shows a blistering world revolving around its nearby "sun." NASA's infrared Spitzer Space Telescope observed a planetary system like this one, as the planet's sunlit and dark hemispheres swung alternately into the telescope's view. Based on the rise and fall of the planet's infrared light, or heat, Spitzer was able to measure the difference in temperature between the two sides of the planet -- about 1,400 degrees Celsius (2,550 degrees Fahrenheit)...
Keywords: What -- Sun; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Moon; What -- Earth
Downloads: 153
[movies]When Worlds Collide - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC-Caltech)
This animation illustrates a massive collision between rocky, embryonic planets as big as mountain ranges. Such collisions form the basis of the planet-building process. New findings from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show that these catastrophes continue to occur around stars even after they have developed full-sized planets, when they are as old as one hundred million years. For reference, our own Sun, at 4.5 billion years old, is far past this late stage of planet formation...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Sun
Downloads: 151
[movies]Cigar Galaxy up in Smoke - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
This movie compares a visible-light view of the "Cigar galaxy" to an infrared view from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope of the same galaxy. The movie begins with the visible image of the galaxy looking cool as a cucumber, then fades into the infrared image, revealing a smokin' hot "cigar." The visible-light picture of the Cigar galaxy, also called Messier 82, shows only a bar of light against a dark patch of space...
Keywords: What -- Visible Light; What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Infrared Spectrograph (IRS); What -- Earth; What -- Ursa Major; What -- Constellation; Where -- Cigar Galaxy
Downloads: 145
[movies]Visible-Infrared Whirlpool - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC-Caltech)
This animation transitions from the more familiar visible light image of the "Whirlpool Galaxy" to the dramatic new view captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Revealed are strange structures bridging the gaps between the dust-rich spiral arms, and tracing the dust, gas and stellar populations in both the bright spiral galaxy and its companion. The visible light image comes from the Kitt Peak National Observatory 2.1m telescope, and is a four-color composite showing light from 0.4 to 0.7 mi...
Keywords: What -- Visible Light; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Constellation; What -- Canes Venatici; Where -- Whirlpool Galaxy; Where -- M51; Where -- NGC 5194; Where -- NGC 5195; Where -- Pierre
Downloads: 141
[movies]Swirling Rings of Dust - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC-Caltech)
This animation depicts colliding rocky bodies in an early planetary system. Such collisions form the basis of the planet-building process. New findings from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show that these catastrophes continue to occur around stars even after they have developed full-sized planets, when they are as old as one hundred million years. For reference, our own Sun, at 4.5 billion years old, is far past this late stage of planet formation...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Sun
Downloads: 135
[movies]A Planet in a Different Light - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
This artist's animation shows first what a fiery hot star and its close-knit planetary companion might look like close up in visible light, then switches to infrared views. In visible light, a star shines brilliantly, overwhelming the little light that is reflected by its planet. In infrared, a star is less blinding, and its planet perks up with a fiery glow. Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope took advantage of this fact to directly capture the infrared light of two previously dete...
Keywords: What -- Visible Light; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Sun; What -- Jupiter; Where -- Arizona
Downloads: 128
[movies]Birth of an Unusual Planetary System - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
This artist's animation shows a brown dwarf surrounded by a swirling disk of planet-building dust. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope spotted such a disc around a surprisingly low-mass brown dwarf, or "failed star." The brown dwarf, called OTS 44, is only 15 times the size of Jupiter, making it the smallest brown dwarf known to host a planet-forming, or protoplanetary disk. Astronomers believe that this unusual system will eventually spawn planets...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- OTS; What -- Jupiter; What -- Earth
Downloads: 115
[movies]Spitzer's Delicate Ring Flower - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope finds a delicate flower in the Ring Nebula, as shown in this animation. The outer shell of this planetary nebula looks surprisingly similar to the delicate petals of a camellia blossom. A planetary nebula is a shell of material ejected from a dying star. Located about 2,000 light years from Earth in the constellation Lyra, the Ring Nebula is also known as Messier Object 57 and NGC 6720...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Earth; What -- Constellation; What -- Lyra; What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- Visible Light
Downloads: 113
[movies]Highway to the Danger Zone - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
"The further on the edge, the hotter the intensity," sings Kenny Loggins in "Danger Zone," a song made famous by the movie "Top Gun". The same words ring true for young, cooler stars like our sun that live in the danger zones around scorching hot stars, called O-stars. The closer a young, maverick star happens to be to a super hot O-star, the more likely its burgeoning planets will be blasted into space...
Keywords: What -- Sun; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope
Downloads: 112
[movies]Star Formation in the DR21 Region - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC-Caltech)
Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveal a turbulent nest of giant newborn stars too shrouded in dust to be seen with visible light. This movie highlights this stellar nursery, called DR21, and illustrates what a human eye might see if it could be re-tuned to see different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. It shows the area surrounding DR21 in shifting wavelengths of light, beginning with the visible and ending with the new Spitzer infrared observations...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Visible Light; What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- TRACE; What -- Sun
Downloads: 100
[movies]Journey to Orion - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
This movie begins with a visible view of the famous Orion constellation. Superimposed on the area near Orion's sword is a visible-light picture taken by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, headquartered in Tucson, Ariz. The movie then zooms into an infrared view taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, and ends by panning across the Spitzer image.
Keywords: What -- Visible Light; What -- Orion; What -- Constellation; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope
Downloads: 98
[movies]Two Suns Raise Family of Planetary Bodies - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
This artist's animation depicts a faraway solar system like our own -- except for one big difference. Planets and asteroids circle around not one, but two suns. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that such solar systems might be common in the universe. The movie begins by showing two snug, sun-like stars. It then pans out to show an Earth-like planet and a surrounding disk of asteroids and comets...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Sun; What -- Earth; What -- COMETS
Downloads: 98
[movies]Spitzer Sheds Infrared Light on Hundreds of Newborn Stars - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC-Caltech)
Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveal hundreds of newly forming stars in the nebula RCW49, located 13,700 light-years from Earth. Operating at wavelengths of light longer than those seen by the human eye, Spitzer can clearly see these young stars, or "protostars," which are hidden from visible views in shrouds of dust. This animation shows what a human eye might see if it could be re-tuned to see different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Earth; What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
Downloads: 94
[movies]Icy Organics in Planet-Forming Discs - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC-Caltech)
Using the Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers are probing the chemistry of circumstellar discs, the dusty discs that surround stars, to understand the first moments in planetary life. Spitzer has turned its ultra-sensitive infrared spectrograph instrument toward five young stars in the constellation Taurus. These stars are still surrounded by thick, dusty discs -- relics of the gravitational collapse that formed them only a few million years ago...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Infrared Spectrograph (IRS); What -- Constellation; What -- Taurus
Downloads: 92
[movies]Pillars Behind the Dust - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
The movie begins with a visible-light picture of the southern region of our Milky Way galaxy then slowly zooms into the area imaged by NASA's Spitzer Space telescope. The dust pillars are fewer and appear dark in the visible-light view because the dust is soaking up visible light. Spitzer's infrared detectors cut through this dust, allowing it to see the heat from warm, embedded star embryos, as well as deeper, more buried pillars...
Keywords: What -- Visible Light; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- Carina; What -- Sun; What -- Earth; Where -- Milky Way Galaxy
Downloads: 92
[movies]Zoom-In - NASA/ESA/G. Bacon and L. Barranger (STScI)
This "zoom" starts in the Scorpius constellation and pushes through deeper and narrower telescopic fields to at last reach Kepler's Supernova Remnant, a composite of images from NASA s Chandra X-Ray Observatory, Hubble Space Telescope, and Spitzer Space Telescope.
Keywords: What -- Scorpius; What -- Constellation; What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST); What -- Spitzer Space Telescope
Downloads: 89
[movies]Pulling Back the Curtain of Dust - NASA/JPL-Caltech/UIUC & Caltech/AURA
This artist's animation begins by showing a dark and dusty corner of space where little visible light can escape. The animation then transitions to an infrared view taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, revealing an embryonic star with dramatic jets. This infrared portrait gives us a rare look at what our own solar system looked like billions of years ago. Stars form out of spinning clouds, or envelopes, of gas and dust...
Keywords: What -- Visible Light; What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Sun; What -- Constellation; What -- Cepheus
Downloads: 88
[movies]Star Formation in Henize 206 - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC-Caltech)
Starting with a wide view of the environment surrounding the Henize 206 star formation region, the animation moves in to the heart of the nebula. The view slides from visible light wavelengths to Infrared Array Camera wavelengths, spanning 3 to 8 microns. The colors of the image, which are false for infrared wavelengths, shift to include the Multiband Imaging Photometer image, now covering 3 to 24 microns...
Keywords: What -- Visible Light; What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
Downloads: 85
[movies]Lifting the Cosmic Veil - NASA/JPL-Caltech
The first images from the Spitzer Space Telescope, the fourth element of NASA's Great Observatories program.
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope
Downloads: 85
[movies]Blacker than Black - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
This artist's animation illustrates the hottest planet yet observed in the universe. The scorching ball of gas, a "hot Jupiter" called HD 149026b, is a sweltering 3,700 degrees Fahrenheit (2,040 degrees Celsius) -- about three times hotter than the rocky surface of Venus, the hottest planet in our solar system. The planet is so hot that astronomers believe it is absorbing almost all of the heat from its star, and reflecting very little to no light...
Keywords: What -- Jupiter; What -- Venus; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Visible Light; What -- Earth; What -- Moon; What -- Sun; What -- Constellation; What -- Hercules
Downloads: 82
[movies]Blacker than Black (Widescreen Version) - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
This artist's animation illustrates the hottest planet yet observed in the universe. The scorching ball of gas, a "hot Jupiter" called HD 149026b, is a sweltering 3,700 degrees Fahrenheit (2,040 degrees Celsius) -- about three times hotter than the rocky surface of Venus, the hottest planet in our solar system. The planet is so hot that astronomers believe it is absorbing almost all of the heat from its star, and reflecting very little to no light...
Keywords: What -- Jupiter; What -- Venus; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Visible Light; What -- Earth; What -- Moon; What -- Sun; What -- Constellation; What -- Hercules
Downloads: 80
[movies]A More Spectacular Sombrero - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
This movie shifts from the well-known visible-light picture of Messier 104 taken by the Hubble Space Telescope to infrared views from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Messier 104 is commonly known as the Sombrero galaxy because in visible light, it resembles the broad-brimmed Mexican hat. However, in Spitzer's striking infrared view, the galaxy looks more like a "bull's eye." Viewed from Earth, the spiral galaxy is seen nearly edge-on, just six degrees away from its equatorial plane...
Keywords: What -- Visible Light; What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST); What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Earth; What -- Virgo; What -- Sun; What -- Advanced Camera for Surveys; What -- Moon; Where -- Sombrero Galaxy
Downloads: 79
[movies]A More Spectacular Sombrero (Widescreen Version) - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
This movie shifts from the well-known visible-light picture of Messier 104 taken by the Hubble Space Telescope to infrared views from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Messier 104 is commonly known as the Sombrero galaxy because in visible light, it resembles the broad-brimmed Mexican hat. However, in Spitzer's striking infrared view, the galaxy looks more like a "bull's eye." Viewed from Earth, the spiral galaxy is seen nearly edge-on, just six degrees away from its equatorial plane...
Keywords: What -- Visible Light; What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST); What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Earth; What -- Virgo; What -- Sun; What -- Advanced Camera for Surveys; What -- Moon; Where -- Sombrero Galaxy
Downloads: 78
[movies]Invisible Galaxies Come to Life - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
This artist's animation demonstrates that an invisible galaxy shrouded in dust can become glaringly bright when viewed in infrared light. The movie begins with a visible-light view, showing a dark blob of a galaxy that is so shrouded in dust it appears invisible. The picture then transitions to what the same region of space might look like in infrared light. A galaxy appears out of the darkness, because its heated dust glows at infrared wavelengths...
Keywords: What -- Visible Light; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope
Downloads: 77
[movies]The Evolution of a Planet-Forming Disk - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
This animation shows the evolution of a planet-forming disk around a star. Initially, the young disk is bright and thick with dust, providing raw materials for building planets. In the first 10 million years or so, gaps appear within the disk as newborn planets coalesce out of the dust, clearing out a path. In time, this planetary "debris disk" thins out as gravitational interactions with numerous planets slowly sweep away the dust...
Keywords: What -- COMETS; What -- Visible Light; What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST); What -- Spitzer Space Telescope
Downloads: 76
[image]Star Clusters Found in the Milky Way - NASA/JPL-Caltech/E. Mercer (Boston University)
A metropolis of stellar activity is captured in these images taken by the Galactic Legacy Infrared Mid-Plane Survey Extraordinaire (GLIMPSE) Legacy project. The panoramic image composite (top) captures 8 degrees of our Milky Way galaxy's plane (approximately the width of a fist held up to the sky at arm's length). The red dust clouds have been illuminated by nearby star formation, and indicate the presence of large organic molecules mixed in with the dust...
Keywords: What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); Where -- Milky Way Galaxy; Where -- Boston
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[movies]Mapping Exotic Worlds (Widescreen Version) - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
This animation shows the first-ever map of the surface of an exoplanet, or a planet beyond our solar system. The map, which shows temperature variations across the cloudy tops of a gas giant called HD 189733b, is made up of infrared data taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Everything else shown, for example the star and the lines, are artistic illustrations. The movie begins by showing a two-dimensional view of the map...
Keywords: What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Jupiter; What -- Mercury; What -- Sun; What -- Moon; What -- Earth
Downloads: 66
[movies]Mapping Exotic Worlds - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
This animation shows the first-ever map of the surface of an exoplanet, or a planet beyond our solar system. The map, which shows temperature variations across the cloudy tops of a gas giant called HD 189733b, is made up of infrared data taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Everything else shown, for example the star and the lines, are artistic illustrations. The movie begins by showing a two-dimensional view of the map...
Keywords: What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Jupiter; What -- Mercury; What -- Sun; What -- Moon; What -- Earth
Downloads: 65
[movies]Genesis of a Comet - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle & R. Hurt (SSC)
This artist's animation depicts one of the most widely accepted theories pertaining to the origin of comets.
Keywords: What -- COMETS; What -- Genesis
Downloads: 65
[movies]Spitzer Discovers Hidden Ring - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC-Caltech)
This animation transitions from a visible light image of the planetary nebula called NGC 246 to Spitzer's new infrared view. The movie highlights Spitzer's ability to see the invisible; as the movie dissolves to the Spitzer image, a giant ring (red) emerges. This clumpy ring consists of material that was expelled from the aging star at the center of the nebula. Planetary nebulas are clouds of gas and dust that surround dying stars...
Keywords: What -- Visible Light; What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- Sun
Downloads: 64
[movies]Icy Dawn of a Newborn Star - C. Dullemond (Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg), K. Pontoppidan (Leiden Observatory)
In this animation, we observe what a young star with a circumstellar disc would look like when viewed from different angles. In the first view, the system is tilted in such a way that we look almost straight down on the star. From this angle, light from the star swamps the fainter disc, denying us any information about the dust and gas in its inner, planet-forming region. As our line of sight switches to view the disc edge-on, the star is completely blocked by the dust in the outer region of the...
Keywords: What -- Sun; What -- Dawn
Downloads: 64
[movies]Distant Planet Flaunts its Light - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
This artist's animation shows a close-up view of a distant giant planet passing behind its star as a regular part of its orbit. By studying "secondary eclipses" like this in infrared light, astronomers can capture and study the direct light of known extrasolar planets. Though they cannot actually distinguish the planet from its star, they can detect changes in the system's total light. Why a secondary eclipse? When a planet transits, or passes in front of, its star, it partially blocks the light...
Keywords: What -- Visible Light; What -- Jupiter; What -- Sun; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope
Downloads: 63
[movies]Space Eyes See Comet Tempel 1 - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
This artist's concept of Tempel 1 illustrates the comet's shape, reflectivity, rotation rate and surface temperature, based on information from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope. Measurements from the Great Observatories indicate that the comet is a matte black object roughly 14 by 4 kilometers (8.7 by 2.5 miles), or about one-half the size of Manhattan. It rotates about once every 41 hours...
Keywords: What -- COMETS; What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST); What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Sun
Downloads: 63
[movies]Hot, Dry, and Cloudy (Artist Concept) - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
This artist's concept animation shows a cloudy Jupiter-like planet that orbits very close to its fiery hot star. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope was recently used to capture spectra, or molecular fingerprints, of two "hot Jupiter" worlds like the one depicted here. This is the first time a spectrum has ever been obtained for an exoplanet, or a planet beyond our solar system. The ground-breaking observations were made with Spitzer's spectrograph, which pries apart infrared light into its basic wav...
Keywords: What -- Jupiter; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Visible Light; What -- Constellation; What -- Pegasus; What -- Vulpecula
Downloads: 63
[movies]Galactic Fossil Revealed in Infrared Light - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC-Caltech)
This animation demonstrates the power of infrared light to see what visible light cannot -- a newfound bundle of stars called a globular cluster. The movie shifts from a visible-light image to a near-infrared image to a new mid-infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The visible-light image is from the California Institute of Technology's Digitized Sky Survey and the near-infrared image is from the NASA-funded Two Micron All-Sky Survey (2MASS)...
Keywords: What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- Visible Light; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Earth; What -- Constellation; What -- Aquila; Where -- California; Where -- Wyoming
Downloads: 61
[movies]The Making of a Galactic Parallelogram - NASA/JPL-Caltech and A. Quillen (University of Rochester)
In this animation, the elliptical galaxy Centaurus A is seen through the eyes of three different telescopes. Initially, the movie zooms into a visible light picture showing how this galaxy is bisected by an unusual lane of dust, somewhat irregular in appearance. The view fades to reveal the false-colored, near-infrared view of this galaxy as seen by the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS). In these longer wavelengths of light, much of the dust has become transparent, allowing us to see more of the...
Keywords: What -- Centaurus; What -- Visible Light
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